19 things I did when I was 19

Seriously I think I’m a bit lagging behind. A week after 2012 has started than I do this list lolol but it’s okay, better late than never.

So I finally decided to sum up my 2011 into one blog post, sorta like a “flashback” on the year, just revisiting some memories and noting down the more prominent ones.

Nothing like a walk down memory lane to remind yourself of the lessons you’ve learned and what your goals should be next year. At this point in time I haven’t actually reviewed a list of things to blog about yet, so I’m hoping I don’t get stuck with this blog post halfway coz I ran out of interesting events to talk about. Now that would be quite sad. My memory is so bad that I can’t remember a lot of what happened last year wtf. -_- I even forgot what I had for lunch yesterday.

And this is why I need a blog. I need my own space on the internet to keep track of all the things that have happened in my life ♥ Because I swear, I’m going to have Alzheimer’s disease when I’m older… I already have it now. Now I’m mostly only going to blog about the nicer stuff coz obviously a lot of the shittier stuff I keep to myself and don’t pollute this blog with.

My 2011 in a (really summarized and brief overview) nutshell..

19 things that happened
when I was 19!!!!!!!!!

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1) I permed my hair.
(January 2011)

WAHAHAHAHAH talk about a bad start to a new year. Fucking ugly. Looks so year 2000. FML.

Pls pls pls pls never perm your hair again Jessica. You look something like a 2 cent china whore. Nothing wrong with spending an extra 30 minutes styling it when you need it!

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2) I saw Taylor Swift live on her Speak Now Tour.
(January 2011)

Thus beginning my healthy obsession with her. I say healthy because she’s a great role model for girls all around the world and everyone can relate to her songs. Nothing wrong with looking up to someone like that! I liked her before this, which iswhy I went to see her in concert.. but NOWHERE near as to how much I like her now! During her concert, I didn’t know a few songs she sung so I went back to Youtube them.

The more I listened to her other songs, the more I really liked them. Even as I am blogging this now I am listening to her songs. So yes, it’s official, I’m a fan girl.

Speaking of which, I bought standing pen tickets to see her live in Perth in March. I can’t wait LOLOLOL me and Sam are going nuts over it. I’ve officially poisoned him with her music cuz I listen to it everyday and he knows all the words to her songs now.

It’s going to be so fun dancing to her song with him during the last leg of her Speak Now tour ^______^

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3) Spent Valentine’s Day with Sam.
(February 2011)

Bubbling hot spa with an open view of the sea.. A pretty unique experience.

We had a relaxing 2 hour massage, chocolate fondue, a dip in the pool, and alfresco Italian dining at night! Definitely one of the highlights of our year. Utterly romantic. I’m hoping 2012′s Valentine’s Day is going to top 2011′s. :)

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4) Baked and decorated my Mum a birthday cake.
(March 2011)

Coated with fresh cream and adorned with fake flowers. :P

Now this event is really important. I’ve always had an interest for baking but I constantly failed at it. My cookies would turn out charred black and my cakes would be uncooked in the middle. However I watched HUNDREDS of Youtube videos online, read tutorial after tutorial and finally took the plunge.

Went bought several hundreds of dollars worth of baking equipment, and made my first cake. Put the theories and methods I learned about online to the test in real life.

I thought to myself, “Hey, I’m not so bad. This is quite fun. With enough practice, I might get good at this.”

And that was THE moment baking became a real possibility for me.

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5) Chopped off my hair. *gulps* (March 2011)

Because it was a tangled mess beyond rescue. Thank goodness it’s slowly growing back now…

If someone held a pair of scissors near my hair now, I’d scream!

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6) Attempted buttercream decorating for the first time. (March 2011)

This was my first ever piped rose. HAHAHAHA that’s quite pathetic even for a first timer.

But hey, look at what I can do now! People are always like “Eyyy how did you get so good at baking omg I’ll never be that good blah blah.”

You’re wrong. My first ever attempt at cake making was in March 2011, merely 7 months ago. That is a little over HALF a year. You just have to be determined enough!!! I would say baking is 40% talent, but 60% skill. It’s learned, you’re not born with the knowledge.

Put your heart to it. Anything is easier once you are actually willing to learn. Your attitude determines you from being the dude who has “potential”, or the person who enjoys great success.

Our first batch of nicely-ish frosted cupcakes. Sam said my pink flowers looked like vaginas, LOL. But still I didn’t give up!!!!!

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7) I launched my business,
“Shiberty’s Sweets” at shibertys.blogspot.com (March 2011)

Today, it is my main source of income. Nowadays, I’m known as “the cupcake blogger” – LOL. Imagine that. Hobby to occupation in an instant. A week after my first batch of cupcakes, I decided to set up a simple website with childish looking graphics and sell them online. Daring, if I do say so myself.

Thinking about it now, I was taking a huge risk. I was BARELY considered a beginner baker and already I wanted to sell it to other consumers. What if they got food poisoning and died? Omg. And to the first few people who bought cupcakes from me, if you’re still reading this little blog, THANK YOU.

Thank you, thank you thank you thank you.

You didn’t buy from me because everyone else was doing it too. You didn’t buy from me because I was an established or popular bakery or because I was better than others. You bought from this crazy blogger who had a passion for baking because YOU believed in me! I wasn’t even that sure of myself. I dunno what made you do it, if I were you I wouldn’t buy from me (AHAHAH) but I am really thankful for being given this opportunity. :’)

I think, if I didn’t have silent but strong supporters out there, I’d just be another girl who likes to bake but never quite made it anywhere. Because of your ever changing demands and support that never falters, I strive to improve. I have no time to sit around and be complacent. I’m pushed everyday. Pushed to be better for you, to come up with nicer designs, to work on my techniques and exploring new methods because at 7 months I am still learning.

I am honestly sorry to those I have genuinely disappointed during my time of operating Shiberty’s Sweets. If I didn’t reply your email in time, if your cake didn’t quite turn out the way you imagined it to be, etc…. I know people order cakes for special occasions and I hate it when I don’t deliver. It’s my first time running a business, albeit an online one, and I make mistakes. Sometimes my laziness or stubborn attitude gets the better of me, sometimes I don’t try as hard as I could’ve. But most days, I try until my bones ache and my back’s about to break. And I promise I will be even better this year. Just watch me.

/end of dramatic speech

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8) Traveled across the border to Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia. (Technically Jan 2011 but only blogged about it May 2011)

It was… a rather disappointing trip.

I had fun, but definitely not as much as we all predicted. Sunway Lagoon sucks, and whoever ever said it was fun sucks too. And this is coming from an ardent theme park fan.

Managed to squeeze in some Spa time still. Yay.

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9) Got my blog revamped
and moved over to Shiberty.com (June 2011)

A much needed change!!! BYEBYE Pedophaelic moniker. To all of you perverts who have landed on this blog after searching “underage girls having sex with a monkey on mum’s bed” or something as twisted as that (I still get it till today), BEGONE!! SHOO!

For you new readers out there, this was my old website, hosted at www.underage-girl.blogspot.com. Please resist the impending urge to put your palm to your forehead. :P

My web designer was a friend of a blog reader / cake customer. She offered to do my design for my for free and I was sooo glad because she did such a good job! And I’m loving the much more mature domain name. I used to hate it when people asked me for my blog link lol. I like how the new layout represents me. But until now I haven’t done a proper “About Me” page yet, omg epic fail… I’ve been meaning to write up a more interesting one. I swear I’m going to get it done before January ends. I CANNOT drag it any longer.

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10) Escaped to a short getaway at Bintan, Indonesia. (July 2011)

Only 45 mins away via ferry! Already so much more idyllic. Ironically in Singapore, 45 minutes is the amount of time you’d take to get to the City / Town if you’re lucky and there’s no jam on the roads.

Stayed at a nice hotel…

…and soaked up some sun.

Went jet skiing around the neighboring islands and didn’t fall off it into the ocean this time. Yay! Well I did jump off my jet ski into the water but that was by choice, I didn’t get knocked off by a massive monsoon wave like I did in Phuket in 2009. Amazinggggg fun.

My jet ski did break down halfway though (or ran out of petrol) and we had to be dragged back to shore by another jet ski. Why do these things always happen to me?

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11) Screamed out lyrics as Lady Gaga performed meters away from me live
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She is an incredible live performer!!! Sam and I rocked out to her hit songs for more than an hour.

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12) Made our first Proposal cake. (August 2011)

So this… should probably be big on the fiance’s list and not mine, but I thought it was awesome how we could be part of someone’s proposal!! :’) How often do you get to be part of a stranger’s big day? Getting married is such a big deal and only happens once in your life! (Well hopefully only once)

The sweet lady even emailed me to tell me how much she loved it! Definitely made my week. Wishing you and your husband LOTS of LOVE in your marriage!!!!!

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13) Blogged about the controversial Frolick incident.
(August 2012)

You can read it here. What can I say? I did it out of part self-righteousness, part boredom and part spite. Well whatever it was, it worked because cake business and blog hits boomed.

It’s not a post I’m proud of or will speak of much in the future, but considering my post got retweeted over 100 times on Twitter and received quite a bit of attention from Singaporeans, I thought it should be on this list somewhere. My opinions in that post may differ from the ones that I have today.

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14) My first ever pet, a Pudding hamster called Pudding passed away :(… (September 2011)

I don’t wanna talk much about it in case I get upset again and everything I have to say, I’ve already said it here. I’ll miss you buddy! ♥

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15) Took a long trip to Australia again. I’ve never been to Sydney!! (September 2011)

I tried an O2bar. wtf.

Went up the gorgeous Blue Mountains. Waterfalls and rain forests await.

Hai kangaroo.

Frolicked around Bondi Beach.

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16) Hello, we meet again, Gold Coast! (September, 2011)

View from our apartment



Dream World



Movie World

Virgin snorkel trip in the turquoise waters of Queensland, Australia! :D

Sand boarding down giant sand dunes head first. Not as fun as it sounds.

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17) Went up to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards with a huge number of other bloggers. (December 2011)

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18) Obviously, I crapped out a shit ton of cakes and cupcakes for a lot of different people. (Throughout 2011)

You can click on the “baking” label on my blog to see all the work I’ve done! Hundredsss of cupcakes and cakes. Actually, wait, I believe they are in the high THOUSANDS. Sometimes in one day alone over 150 cupcakes were made.

Here’s a few events where Shiberty’s Sweets was featured…

Doing charity for Japan with Nuffnang

Budget Barbie with Clicknetwork thanks to Qiu Qiu!!

Cupcakes from Shiberty’s Sweets sitting pretty a Cozycot event :)

Extremely gratifying seeing peoples reactions to my cupcakes in real life and hearing them rave! Makes all the effort more than worth it.



My babies!

Did some interviews and shoots for / with my cakes.

I hope that means I’m doing something right.

My cupcakes in a magazine!

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19) And the final activity I’m going to talk about is something I haven’t blogged about before.

I went whale watching in the Gold Coast on my birthday (September 20th) and it was

SO AWESOME WTFFFFF
*dies*

*…..revives and dies again*

Whales were breaching (jumping out of the water with massive force) everywhere around us and we even managed to attract the attention of a couple of Humpback Whales and they CAME RIGHT OVER TO OUR BOAT AND PLAYED WITH US!!! By playing I mean consciously responding to our actions and making an effort to interact with us.

Trivia:
Humpback whales grow to be about 52 feet (16m) long, weighing 30-50 tons (27-45 tonnes).

LOOK at how they wave their arms (I mean flap their fins lol) as if to say hello!!!!! I couldn’t believe that was happening to us. On my birthday. How perfect. :’)))) Probably the happiest day of my 2011.

These gentle giants were extremely intelligent. I have more pictures but I’ll save them for another blog post!!!!!! Because this one is already long enough. I don’t know what took me so long to blog about these guys wtf it’s one of my best memories EVERRRR in my life, along with this.

I obviously love dolphins & whales, if you don’t understand my enthusiasm.

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Okay end of blog post!!!!!

Feeling all excited now talking about the amazing encounter I had with those humpback whales. Going to lie on the bed now and re-live those moments :D :DDDD Stuff like that DEFINITELY doesn’t happen every day. Counting my blessings.

HAPPY IZ ME. Starting off the New Year with a positive mindset that this year it will be even better.